30 best Android apps of all time

July 2, 2014

best android apps
Here it is ladies and gentlemen. The creme de la creme. The apps that most people will swear that they cannot live without. These apps have become ubiquitous with Android and if you’re looking for good stuff it’s assumed that you have this stuff already. It’s quite a long list so take your time and go through it. Enjoy the best Android apps that the Google Play Store has to offer.

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best android apps - amazonAmazon

[Price: Free]
If you’re into online shopping and eBooks, there are few better places to that than Amazon. They are one of the few shopping apps with international support and they are one of the most trusted online stores in the world. Along with Amazon Mobile (shown), dedicated Amazon Kindle app to read eBooks you purchase on Kindle on your Android device. It has a huge selection, good perks, and awesome deals.
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Apex Launcher best android appsApex Launcher

[Price: Free / $3.99]
There are a lot of great launchers out there, and we’ve covered them before. When it comes to user friendliness, customization, and general popularity, Apex Launcher is simply a must have. It has a variety of customization options, a bunch of add-ons available in the Google Play Store, and comes in both free and paid options. It’s one of the best and has been for a very long time.
Get it on Google Play
best android apps - Apex Launcher

best android appsApp Dialer-local T9 app search

[Price: Free / $3.99]
The App Dialer-local T9 app search app is a mouthful to say but it’s actually a pretty simple app. It opens a window on your home screen with a keypad on it. You then use the keypad to type out the letters that correspond with the app you’d like to use. For instance, if you’re looking for the Google Play Music app, you’d type 4-6-6-4-5-3 and all the apps with “Google” in the title will show up. This is a great way to search your app drawer without actually flinging through page after page and it’s an amazing way to find apps quickly. If you use a lot of apps then this is a must have and it’s free!
Get it on Google Play

beautiful widgets - best android appsBeautiful Widgets

[Price: $2.59]
Beautiful Widgets rose to fame during the days when everyone wanted the HTC Sense clock and weather combo widget. Since then, it’s only gotten better. It has widgets for phones and tablets, weather, clock, and combination widgets. It even has toggle widgets and more. It’s highly customizable with thousands of weather and clock skins to choose from. You really can’t go wrong picking it up.
Get it on Google Play
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Clean Master - best android appsClean Master – Free Optimizer

[Price: Free]
Even though a little bit of this application is snake oil, it does provide a number of really useful services. For instance, when you download and app and uninstall it, the data folder will stay there. You can use Clean Master to get rid of those empty folders from apps long since uninstalled or otherwise use it to clean out your device. It can free up some space, clean out the cache, and get your phone just cleaned out. It’s also free so there’s no harm in trying it out.
Get it on Google Play

dashclock widget - best android appsDashClock Widget

[Price: Free]
If you’re running Android 4.2 or higher, DashClock Widget is a must have. It’s a widget you put on your lock screen that comes with extensions. These extensions offer virtually unlimited functionality including weather, toggles, notifications, calendar support, flashlight support, and a whole lot more via the Google Play Store. Also, it’s free, so there’s no reason not to have it.
Get it on Google Play
DashClock Widget - best android apps

Dropbox - best android appsDropBox

[Price: Free]
When it comes to cloud storage, Dropbox is pretty much the king. It’s free to use, the app is just fantastic, and you can earn additional space in a multitude of ways. In many cases (i.e. their recent Space Race competition), the additional cloud storage space earned is permanent most of the time. It’s even bundled with a number of devices like the HTC One and the Galaxy Note 3. It’s a great app that serves a great purpose.
Get it on Google Play
Dropbox best android apps

ES File Explorer best android appsES File Explorer

[Price: Free]
File management isn’t something most Android users think about until it’s something they have to do. Thus, it is always a good idea to keep a good file manager around in case of emergencies. That means apps like ES File Explorer have a home on a best Android apps list. It has practically every feature you need in a file explorer from root permissions to built-in archive functions. Also, it’s free and free is great.
Get it on Google Play
ES File Explorer best android apps

evernote best android appsEvernote

[Price: Free]
Note taking has become an essential function on Android and Evernote is the pinnacle of note taking on Android. It has a boat load of great features including cloud support and a desktop app. You can use the app for free but there is a premium option too if you want Evernote to do more. It’s the most popular note taking app and is rated a 4.7 in the Google Play Store which means even regular users can barely find anything wrong with it.
Get it on Google Play
evernote best android apps

Firefox best android appsFirefox Browser

[Price: Free]
Mozilla’s Firefox browser is one of the most popular desktop browsers out there. The same can be said for their Android browser offering. It’s a solid selection with a lot more features than pretty much every stock browser offering from Android, Samsung, HTC, and others. It’s quick on most devices and it works well. It doesn’t hurt that it has a name that people trust. An update earlier this year also brought cross-device syncing of things like bookmarks and passwords much like Chrome does and that’s a huge deal. It’s free, check it out!
Get it on Google Play
Firefox best android apps

Flipboard best android appsFlipboard

[Price: Free]
There are a lot of RSS readers out there. The case can be made that apps like Feedly could be on this list and we agree. However, we felt we could only choose one news reader app and we chose Flipboard. When it comes to absorbing content, Flipboard is simply the best looking reader out there. It has international support, a lot of news sources, and enough customization to make it your news reader.
Get it on Google Play
flipboard best android apps

Google Chrome - best android appsGoogle Chrome

[Price: Free]
Google Chrome is pretty much the new stock Android browser. It comes with the always preferable “developed by Google” label and it is packed with features. You get gesture controls, bookmark syncing, a solid browsing experience, and a lot more. There are a lot of great browsers, but Chrome owns the title of being the best on desktop and it can compete in every area for that title on Android. It also comes pre-loaded on most devices these days so chances are that you already have this app.
Get it on Google Play
Google Chrome best android apps

Google Keep Best android appsGoogle Keep

[Price: Free]
We expressed earlier that note taking is a now essential activity on Android. Evernote is a great app but some people simply don’t need that much stuff. If you’re into note taking and need something a little more lightweight, Google Keep is there for you. Aside from being colorful, clean, and simple, it also syncs with your Google Drive so you can access it anywhere. It’s a great alternative to Evernote and a good app in its own right.
Get it on Google Play
Google Keep best android apps

Google Play Music best android appsGoogle Entertainment Suite (Music, Moves & TV, Games, Books)

[Price: Free]
Okay, so technically Google Play Books, Movies & TV, Games, and Music may all be separate apps but they are all part of a single ecosystem. The Google Play Store has books, games, music, movies, and TV shows and these apps, while separate, are all really just individual interfaces to the whole Play Store. With these apps, you can purchase and access the entire media library that Google has to offer and Google offers an extensive media library. If you’re into marrying yourself to the Google ecosystem, these are must have apps. Thankfully most of these do come pre-installed on most devices these days so you won’t have to search for them.
Get it on Google Play
Google Play Music best android apps

HD Widgets best android appsHD Widgets

[Price: $1.99]
If you’re looking for something that looks great and smooth, HD Widgets is what you want. Much like Beautiful Widgets, this app works to give you a variety of different widgets including clock, weather, combo, toggles, and more. They run in sizes suitable for phones and tablets. They can be customized to suit practically any theme and there are two add ons (Colourform and Kairo) that gives even more customization options. They’re a great way to compliment your home screen.
Get it on Google Play
HD Widgets best android apps

Helium best android appsHelium

[Price: Free / $4.99]
Backing up your device is always important. In fact, backing up any computing device is important, so it’s only natural an app that backs things up be included in a list like this. We chose Koushik Dutta’s Helium app. It backs up your apps, app data, and more to either your phone or your computer (your choice). The best part about this software is you don’t need root to use it. It’s one of the few options non-rooted people have when it comes to backing up apps.
Get it on Google Play
Helium best android apps

IFTTT best android apps increase productivityIFTTT

[Price: Free]
IFTTT is a unique application that allows you to control what you device does by linking actions within applications together. For instance you can favorite an image on Instagram and then set it up in IFTTT for you to save that image to your Google Drive. Once you create the “recipe” (as they’re called) to do that, your device will save any image you favorite on Instagram to Google Drive. There are a metric ton of uses for this app and it’s limited only by your creativity and imagination. You can also find helpful recipes by doing a quick Google search to help give you ideas for good ones for you.
Get it on Google Play
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lastpass best android appsLastPass

[Price: $12 per year or $1 per month subscription]
LastPass is a password manager application that stores all of your passwords and then uses them to log into your apps and websites for you. This is a great way to keep track of all of your stuff so you don’t have to remember those passwords yourself. This also allows you to create much more powerful passwords because you don’t have to actually remember them. It’s free to try for two weeks but after that you’ll need a $12/year subscription. It’s the best there is in password management and you should have it!
Get it on Google Play
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Netflix best android appsNetflix

[Price: Free w/subscription]
When it comes to streaming video, one of the name on everyone’s list is Netflix. It requires a $7.99 (soon to be $8.99) per month subscription and offers thousands of titles that you can stream right to your device (and a number of other devices). It’s compatible with practically every facet of the Android experience including Chromecast, tablets, phones, and Android TV. It’s easy to use and one of the best out there if it’s available in your country.
Get it on Google Play
Netflix best android apps

Nova Launcher best android appsNova Launcher

[Price: Free / $4.00]
Nova Launcher is the “go-to” replacement launcher for people looking to get away from the stock offerings. It’s touted far and wide as one of the best and it has a large set of features and add-ons including theme support and a boat load of other customization options. It even has the “Okay, Google” hotword available on your home screen like you get with the Nexus 5. If you don’t like your stock launcher, this is a must have app to fix the problem.
Get it on Google Play
Nova Launcher best android apps

pandora best android appsPandora

[Price: Free / $4.00/year]
If you like streaming music for free and don’t mind a few advertisements every now and then, Pandora is probably the best app out there. It’s one of the few legitimately legal ways to get free music with nothing more than radio-style advertisements getting in the way. It’s used by millions around the world and it not only lets you listen to music to like but helps you discover new music that sounds like the music you like. You can get the premium service which removes many of the restrictions and the advertisements as well.
Get it on Google Play
Pandora best android apps

pocket casts best android appsPocket Casts

[Price: $3.99]
If you’re into podcasts, Pocket Casts is simply the best out there. You can use it to view audio or video podcasts, sync between your devices, switch between the dark and light theme, and enjoy its simple to use interface. You can even configure it to automatically download podcasts over WiFi or mobile data so your podcast is downloaded and ready to go when you need it. It’s light, fast, clean, and it does the job.
Get it on Google Play
pocket casts best android apps

Poweramp best android appsPoweramp Music Player

[Price: $3.99]
There are a metric ton of music players out there. Some are free, some are paid, and many come with a bunch of unique features. However, when it comes to solid performance and great features, Poweramp is about as good as it gets. It comes with a slick interface, fast library scanning, and even a built-in, 10-band EQ. You can get a 15-day free trial to check it out, but the app will set you back a few bucks. If you need a flawless music experience for your local content, this is about as far as you need to go.
Get it on Google Play
Poweramp best android apps

Realcalc best android appsRealCalc

[Price: Free / $3.49]
Every Android device comes with a calculator and in most cases the basic functions are good enough to get by. However, for high school and college students as well as professionals who need to use more complicated math, they need something more. RealCalc is a fully functional scientific calculator. One may not expect a scientific calculator making a list like this, but there are millions of students and professionals who do need one. You can pick up the free or paid variant. It looks good and it works well.
Get it on Google Play
realcalc pro best android apps

Sleep As Android best android appsSleep As Android

[Price: Free / $2.99]
There are a lot of great alarm clock apps for Android. When you get right down to it, though, it’s the same functionality wrapped in different interfaces. All except one anyway and that’s Sleep As Android. This app actually analyses your sleep patterns to help you get a better night’s rest. Here’s how it works, you put the phone in your bed with you and it uses the accelerometer to measure how much and when you move. It’s really something different and unique. If you need a better alarm app, check it out.
Get it on Google Play
Sleep As Android best android apps

Best Android appsSpotify

[Price: Free / $10/month subscription]
Spotify is one of the best music streaming services available period. In a recent move, they made the service free to use on mobile which means you can get the same experience on mobile that you do on the desktop. If you don’t mind the ads, you can find tens of millions of songs that you love, create playlists, share playlists with friends, and just enjoy your tunes. It’s one of the few music streaming options that allows for on-demand play and the subscription service is reasonable if you want to go all out with no ads.
Get it on Google Play
spotify best android apps

Swiftkey best android appsSwiftkey

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Third party keyboards are everywhere and that makes it easy to find the features you need. However, when it comes to the go-to keyboard that everyone recommends, the winner is Swiftkey. It recently went free with a number of themes that you can purchase for an additional charge. With it being free there is no reason not to dub this the winner of the third party keyboards. Some people like others better but generally speaking most people who don’t use the stock keyboards use SwiftKey.
Get it on Google Play
swiftkey best android apps

Tasker best android appsTasker

[Price: $2.99]
If you like to tinker and play with your phone or you want it to do exactly what you want, then you want Tasker. This app can be difficult to use for beginners but once you get the hang of what’s going on, it’s a truly powerful app. You can make your phone do pretty much whatever you want it to do when you want it. A bonus is many NFC tag apps have Tasker plugins so you can even use this app to program your NFC tags beyond what you normally could before.
Get it on Google Play
Tasker best android apps

TeslaLED best android appsTeslaLED Flashlight

[Price: Free]
Turning your LED flash into a flashlight is another one of those functions you won’t know you need until you actually need it. Many custom ROMs like CyanogenMod (Torch) and OEMs (Samsung’s Assistive Lighting) have flashlights built in but not everyone has it. For those who don’t, TeslaLED is one of the best out there. It has a number of widget options and it’s done by the same people who do Nova Launcher.
Get it on Google Play
teslaled best android apps

zedge best android appsZedge

[Price: Free]
Last on our list is Zedge. Zedge is one of the best apps available that can give you both wallpapers and ringtones. It has a huge selection of free ringtones and wallpapers for you to choose from. It’s just a matter of finding the ones you like. It’s free, everything in it is free, and it’s one of those highly rated apps a lot of people have but no one seems to talk about very often.
Get it on Google Play
zedge best android apps


Even with a list of 25 apps, it’s impossible to cover all the best Android apps out there. People have so many different preferences and usage habits that there are potentially thousands of amazing apps that we simply didn’t have the space to add here. So by all means, if there’s a great Android app you think people should know about, let everyone know in the comments.


  • Laszlo Demeter

    Why you say ‘best app to have’, but mix Apex with Nova? You can use only one. Then Chrome comes pre-installed. Nothing new in this article, I’m sure 98% of the AA readers already know about all this apps.

    • CmHall9

      I was thinking the same thing. Pick one and go with it. Or just say, number 10 is a tie between Chrome and FireFox.
      Also I keep seeing the same apps listed every time as “the best apps of…” It’s rare that I come across something new in these lists.

      • Laszlo Demeter

        Totally agree. Also Amazon app isn’t a ‘need’, because we are not buying daily on Amazon. I’m amazed to see there’s no Ebay app in the list lol.

        This article was made either to comply with AA editor rules (which probably request you to post a minimum number of articles) or because the editor was bored

        • Guest

          Here’s the thing, there comes a certain problem with writing a list like this. The best apps are apps that people already have. If I wrote about apps that no one had, then are they really the best ones? It’s a conundrum that’s hard to put into words but easy to put into practice. 98% of my readers have 98% of these apps installed. Why is that? Because they’re the best ones! Articles like this are aimed at people coming to Android who want to see what we’re all running. Based on your comments, these are what you are all running…so I consider this a win for me :) Thanks for the comments by the way! I appreciate them.

          • JosephHindy

            Hi everyone thanks for the comments! This list was in alphabetical order ;) so where they are on the list is dependent on their names not “how good they are”. So there is no first place, second place, etc.

            Like I said in the comment below, these are the best apps because everyone uses them and likes them. That’s what makes them the best, right? If no one used them, they wouldn’t be the best ones out there now would they :)

          • Laszlo Demeter

            Of course that the best apps are those who readers and people already have installed, but there are so many much better apps installed out there. Where’s Aviate, Themer, Snapseed, Chronus (which is much better than Dashclock), Chrome and Dropbox comes preinstalled on most devices, Beatiful widgets and HD widgets are not very beautiful, there are better apps and again, you posted two old and rival apps. Why Netflix and Pandora which isn’t even international and not everyone can install it. Why “Sleep as Android” which can make us break the phone in our bed humping on it or pushing it down of the bed instead of Timely, which is more popular. What about CamScanner, WeatherSignal, Snapseed, Star Chart, Pudding Camera, Feedly, Office Suite, Perfectly Clear, Focal, AirDroid, CleanMaster, SmartTools, Wakelock Detector which are really very good apps and a need ? The only useful app you posted above is Carbon and Swiftkey ;)

            I don’t accuse you, just try to help you to make better articles next time. Take some of the apps I wrote above, I’m sure you will make a nice article.

            Sorry if you felt offended.

          • JosephHindy

            No offense taken, just had to clarify. Lists like this aren’t really for people who know their way around Android. The value is kinda wasted on us because, well, we know the best already ;) but there are thousands every week getting their first Android phone who don’t know the things we know :) they gotta get started somewhere right?

      • IDontKnowMyName

        But you gotta realize these articles aren’t just for you and me. Everyday there might be hundreds of new people who add Android Authority to their bookmarks or just be their first time looking at this site. So for them this might be new and very useful.
        Also when an article gets old hardly anyone is gonna go dig it up from the archives or something like that.
        I know when I first got my Android phone any article like this one was good because I got to know about new apps but for other people who were Android users for a long time this was boring.

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    • helloletsgo

      Dolphin FTW

      • Laszlo Demeter

        I need to agree here too :)

    • Vladimir Lukic

      ..Amen to that mate..

  • dodz

    almost all of these apps I already got it on my note 3 lol
    dont even need launchers cause my note 3 runs so smooth.

  • Mr T

    I have to disagree about ESExplorer making it on the list. There are many explorers that do as good a job, some that are completely ad free, and what I hate about ESexplorer is it creates a custom directory on your internal sd card and it doesn’t even delete it automatically when uninstalled.

    • solidisdabetsftw

      Solid File Explorer is The best in my onion

    • Matt

      Root Explorer is still my go to

    • Carl Draper

      Astro is better than ES

  • Johnny Five

    how about an unusual app, or something new, not a list of 25 apps that 99% of new users know about allready, this lists just looks like the popular apps list on google play

    • JosephHindy

      Here’s the thing, there comes a certain problem with writing a list like this. The best apps are apps that people already have. If I wrote about apps that no one had, then are they really the best ones? It’s a conundrum that’s hard to put into words but easy to put into practice. 98% of my readers have 98% of these apps installed. Why is that? Because they’re the best ones! Articles like this are aimed at people coming to Android who want to see what we’re all running. Based on your comments, these are what you are all running…so I consider this a win for me :) Thanks for the comment!

  • Sven Svensson

    How are these old apps the best ones of the months? Retarded article. How about monitoring for new apps?

    • JosephHindy

      This is best all time, not best this month ;)

  • utilitybelt

    Sleep as android is great. I’ve been using it for over a year. The best thing it can do is force you to answer math problems before the alarm turns off.

    • Maninder Pal Sngh

      that best thing sounds like pain.

  • Joseph

    Fast for Facebook is one of the best!

    • JosephHindy

      It definitely is and when I do my best social media apps, that one will probably be on there :)

  • Spanky

    Klyph for Facebook. (Saves a hell of a lot of battery compared to Facebook app)
    GreenPower Premium. (Manages Facebook Messenger and other misbehaving apps)

    They are two apps that I paid for, and I don’t usually pay for apps.
    Best apps I bought for my HTC One.

  • Basel Kira

    Is there a way -without rooting – to Install and open an app that isn’t listed for my country … What I want is( play music – Pandora – Netflix )
    If anyone knows similar apps please inform me … Thnx :)

    • Jahangir

      You can use maybe a proxy server to hide your real ip.

  • Marcus Thomas

    Solid Explorer is the best file explorer. I used to be a fan of ES, but Solid won me over ever since it first released its beta. It ahead of every other file manager in the market, in my opinion, and I’ve tried them all.

    Also, for a calculator, I’d recommend MobiCalc. I’ve been using it for ages. RealCalc is nice, but Mobi is just as functional and looks lightyears better.

    Now Pocket Casts, I’ll have to try. I wish there was a trial, though. Currently using BeyondPod.

  • Jonas Purtschert

    I think you forgot Spotify.
    You really get a better experience than with Google Play Music All Access.
    And it is one of the best made apps in my opinion.

  • David M Whittley

    Trolling for readers are we?

  • Karolis Morkūnas

    Spotify is a must have too, like gReader, Falcon Pro, Holo Compass, Shazam, Google Drive, Pocket, Chrome to Phone, Paypal, Package Buddy, Go SMS, and all the Social apps like Facebook, Skype, BBM, Instagram. I found many apps i use in this list: DashClock Widget, Dropbox, ES File Explorer, Google Chrome, Google Keep, Helium, Nova Launcher and SwiftKey.

  • Dusan

    I love Sleep As Android, been using it up until a couple of months ago when I discovered Timely.
    That one is a lot more pleasing to the eye.

  • Nathan Buffington

    Not impressed with this list aa…

  • Groud Frank

    GIF camera, Themer, Cloud print, Urban dictionary, Wordament, exDialer, Papyrus.

  • rgsoo1

    FX Explorer is one of top managers after a recent major update. I have used ES Explorer, really really find FX better. It would take a month to test all the apps in the categories covered in this article. Pick one category of apps then truely research and fully test all the options in that app space. Otherwise you get same old stuff.

  • Rushan

    I think he missed

    – Play Store
    – Gmail
    – Youtube
    – etc…

    We already have almost everything…

  • Timmy

    I have to agree with some of the other comments that there are competing apps that shouldn’t take up more than one place on the list (honorable mention maybe). I’d have picked some others like Handcent SMS, Pocket, Feedly, Voice, SoundHound and included a ToDo app category and something for the Sports enthusiast. Amazon? Seriously?

  • shehab attia

    Best 25 apps for what? nothing new to be honest. I also thought greenify would make the list.

  • ziplock9000

    I’d leave Netflix well and truly off that list until it supports profiles. There are many users like myself who have set the profiles up on other devices or web browsers. This makes the app almost useless on Android as you are essentially destroying your stats and predictions.

  • Blowntoaster

    Apex n Zedge are some of my first, and still used apps since I went over to android many years ago.
    Long live Android

  • nishantsirohi123

    i am glad you mentioned Zedge – it is awesome. best of all the ringtones do not crowd your music player

    another app i must mention is “shuffle tone 3.0″
    new ringtone every time your phone rings and it gives option of selecting the system as well as downloaded tunes

  • http://elexonic.com/ Elexonic

    depends on what you need

  • Murphy

    This is one of the useful apps in play store..

  • Ryan Ras

    Worse list I’ve ever seen!!!! Flipboard. Evernote? Calculator? You serious. Those came with my note 3. I wamt something unique.

  • Mike M

    I was getting frustrated trying to play my downloaded videos . I tried several players and either there would be no sound, or sound but no picture, or the sound and picture would go out of sync. I really didn’t want to convert my videos just to play them on my phone. A friend suggested MXPlayer and I am truly impressed. It’s free and plays everything I’ve thrown at it

  • GrebGoneBad

    Best apps? Why all the pre-installed Google ones of course! XD
    But seriously, I have actually used alot of the apps listed here, but ever since getting my N5 and N7 I have not felt the need to doanload things such as music players and video players. I have even moved away from the Kindle app. I am more moving towards a full Google intergration at the minute, which will mean easier setups on future new devices. =)

  • Chad

    Old. =/

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  • Dominic Banguis

    Great list!. Another app that
    should be on the list is Sentector. http://www.sentector.com/ – You can
    train your smartphone or tablet to detect specific sounds like an alarm,
    buzzer, practically anything that sounds – when it hears the sound, it
    can send a SMS or email or even a camera image to you. Pretty cool app.

  • Zodiak

    YOLO!! Guys you gotta check out the best and the latest apps for iOS, Android and WP8!!! http://goo.gl/I90xuc

  • Kapil Thakar

    Wonderful collection, I have used many of these.

    My best collection:


  • Ibis Martinez

    For high school and college students, the new CustomCalc for Android is a better alternative. It is totally customizable, so you can set the functions that you use most in the place that you want. Powerful and extremely user friendly!

  • Flip Jumpman

    Hello!? Where’s Facebook? It’s only the best app in the world you know… Screw this list!

  • http://www.brosix.com/ Brosix

    Have some of them, will try the others. Thanks!

  • Jayfeather787

    How are there comments from 8 months ago? And ES File explorer and Nova Launcher FTW!

    • JosephHindy

      This list was taken down, updated, and re-released :)

      • Jayfeather787

        Oh okay. Mass confusion FTW! Nice list!

  • s2weden2000

    So where is flappy birdy…

    • JosephHindy


  • Colts5609

    Even though it is root only, if you are rooted, Titanium Backup is one of the most useful apps period, if you like to tinker around with custom ROM’s.

    • JosephHindy

      Check out our best root apps list ;)

  • Corck

    Fast for facebook!!!!

  • Clinton

    If you can group together Google entertainment apps together, then you could have done the same with Browsers (Chrome and Firefox), Widgets(HD and Beautiful) or Launcher (Apex and Nova). These are some of the apps that are the best at what they do and hard to pick between them.
    Plus, why Netflix? It’s actually just a Service with an Android app and it’s services are nit available in many countries so no use to them. It might be a great app but whats the point if many can’t even use it.
    Overall the list is kinda ok, but if this list is some kind of introduction to new users then you could have made a list according to categories. Best browsers, best launchers etc. . It would be much more helpful that way. .

    • JosephHindy

      I could not. Google’s entertainment suite is a whole ecosystem that is linked together. Music, Movies, TV, Books, etc are all in the Google Play Store and governed by your Google account. It is not the same services just bunched together otherwise it would’ve been spotify, pandora, and google play music grouped in :)

      Netflix has always been on the forefront of android. one of the first with chromecast support, improved interfaces, Android TV support, etc. It’s also worked hard on their service and app to make it worth a damn.

      • Clinton

        Netflix is fine then. I have never personally used it as it’s not available here(the service i mean) . It sounds like a great app. And I don’t doubt it.
        I was just pointing out that if the app is considered one the best then it should at least be useful for everyone whether they like it or not.
        And I’m sorry didn’t specify properly what I wanted to say about grouping the apps. What i meant was this could have been a some of the best apps rather than the best apps. Like best browsers or best note taking apps rather than top. You could have the best 2 or 3 in each category. Because, you know, everyone has their own opinion on what’s best.
        Don’t get me wrong, this list is good, and I only gave some suggestions.

        • JosephHindy

          We have separate lists for those kinds of things “best browsers” and “best note taking apps”, etc. We have a whole section of the site for best apps list that we update frequently :)

  • John Garlits

    This is a good basic list, I think.Good enough for a novice or somebody new to Android. However, I do think Swype is superior to Swiftkey. Yeah it’s a couple bucks – I think I got it at $1 when it first went paid out of beta – but it’s prediction is just so much better, at least for me. In all fairness, it could have become much better for me because I’ve been using it a long time, and it’s probably better optimized to me now. Swiftkey is nicer though for its emoji set and color options. That said, I have an Xposed mod that lets me alter the colors and even set the default speach recognition to Google’s, so I’m all set. :)

  • WitnessG

    No Pushbullet D=

  • DIYEyal

    I would replace chrome with firefox, I don’t use firefox on desktop, but on mobile I use firefox pretty much exclusively..
    add the google keyboard to my top list (not a fan of swiftkey, but since everyone else recommends it, you might like it a lot)
    Math keyboard (if you need to type mathematical symbols)
    ClipSync (copy and paste between all your devices. Phone and PC)
    electrodroid (this saves me so much time every day, and it’s free. only useful for some people though)
    MathRef (I know the developer personally, and I helped him adding content to his app. I use this every day. There’s a free version and a paid version)
    Calculator++ (for basic calculations, much better than the stock calculator)
    Scientific calculator (when my casio calculator is not around, not as good though)
    GeoGebra (though tablet only. simply the most powerful free math tool, and it’s open source too, I use it on desktop all the time. it’s available for android)
    Apollo music player (free, but not available on the google play store)
    Falcon pro (much better than the normal twitter app, free but not available in the google play store)
    bittorrent sync (great to access files from your desktop remotely, it’s fast and secure)
    audible (fair membership plans, wide selection of audio books)
    EveryCircuit (fantastic circuit simulator, great for electronic projects. I use it every day)
    steam (while you can’t play steam games, you can access the steam store, community and more. if you’re on steam, I would highly recommend getting this app)
    DaTuner (much faster to tune musical instruments with this app rather than by ear)
    feedly (like flipboard, I like it better)
    Titanium backup (if you have root access, this is a great app to have)
    Eye in the sky (whether app that looks nice)
    Don’t have more on the top of my head..

    A few things that I wish I could find for android (and couldn’t find a good alternative):

    pocketCAS: fantastic (paid) math tool on the ios platform (I used it for a while on a friend’s iphone, this app alone was almost enough to make me switch to iphones although I really don’t like iphones). I’ve asked the developers if they plan to bring their fantastic app to android and they said that they have no plans to do that and they suggested I take a look at their competitor math studio (not as good IMO, and more expensive). calculus tools is available, but not as good IMO..
    McTube: a better youtube client on the ios platform (free with ads), enables you to cache youtube videos in up to 1080p (although the display is only 640p), better ui than the standard youtube app, although some issues with replying to comments and sometimes you need to load a page again because the description font goes really large. much better than any 3rd party youtube app on the android side.. and I asked the developers if they plan to make a version for android, they said that they are not planning to do so..

  • Will S.

    Dolphin Browser should be on this list! Its fast and packed full of features.

    Also, I’ve been using PushBullet for the past few days, its great for transferring stuff between your devices.

  • Jorge Medeira

    FacesIn is missing on the list… it’s simply best social radar out there :)

  • http://plus.google.com/+JontyGamao Jonty

    Action Launcher should have been part of the list

  • joms

    Swifepad is the best

  • supremekizzle

    Yeah, Joseph Hindy absolutely sucks at ‘best’ lists…

  • My1

    MX Player best video player

  • Craigus

    A ‘must have- app if you want to keep track of your finances

  • Craigus

    Business Calendar Pro
    Combines your calendar and tasks. Provides perfect Agenda functionality using your Gmail calendar and tasks.

  • Craigus

    Safe in Cloud
    Password and secure information storage. Simple, clean, functional and syncs across multiple devices.

  • Craigus

    The best general purpose database available on Android.

  • Craigus

    My Movies Pro
    The best movie collection app available on Android

  • Albin

    Thanks for a one page list instead of 30 nuisance clicks. Being a cheapskate using an older phone with a fully functional (pre-KitKat) microSD I look to resource efficient and SD friendly apps, so have different criteria for “best ever.” Since ES File Explorer is on the list I’ll note there is a free ES Task Manager that plugs into it and covers CleanMaster’s functions (CM has bloated to be too demanding for my phone.)

    Amazon is a prime example of apps I don’t like to see and try to avoid: locally installed internet-dependent websites that should be handled in the browser. Amazon shopping actually has a perfectly functional URL: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/h.html that I’ve bookmarked for the rare times I shop by phone, and if clearly could be improved if Amazon wanted to do it. Amazon’s excellent Kindle Reader is a different story: Kindle books are stored on the SD card and the app maintains and syncs the library beautifully.

  • mittNamn

    So glad (and somewhat suprised) that RealCalc is on the list! Beautiful, functional and it sports a RPN mode!! Good stuff!

  • Ed Brantley

    Pie pro ($). One of my personal favorites. You can have up to 26 favorite apps plus recent apps available on any screen except the notification screen. MY FAVORITE FOR 3 PHONES NOW.

  • Shankar Kumar

    I have one more suggestion for a chat app called Photo4tune. It combines the best features of Wechat, Snapchat and Facebook You can instantly share pics anonymously, send self destruct pics, fire messaging and also you can create events like in FB and invite friends! Must try and is available for download on Playstore!

  • Jon. B

    I guess that is wrong choice for Calculator that they have made guys try Calcoid

  • TafayorFellow

    I recommend you Tilt-Scroll app , which adds a system-wide Tilt-To-Scroll feature
    to your phone or tablet, so it works with any application on your device.
    Here is the link : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tafayor.tiltscroll.free

  • Jorge Yoma


    Take a look at Libop Calculator, a real innovation in calculators



  • Rick

    I want to share a new app that I have come across recently it will give text information from picture and save typing time. Get it from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pictotext